REPLACE A GAS STRUT ON YOUR VEHICLE HOW-TO

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STEP ONE

Open your bonnet or boot lid, so that the gas struts are fully extended. Take note of whether the tube end attaches to the body or lid.

*Safety Tip*: You may need a bar or piece of wood to keep the bonnet from falling on your head!

STEP TWO

There are several ways to remove the strut, depending on its attachment to the vehicle. These main 3 types should have you covered!

*Safety Tip*: The strut MAY need some force to pry out, so keep a shoulder resting under the bonnet as you work in case the prop slips - your shoulder is there to save your fingers and head!
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(1) CLIP

Use a screwdriver to lever the clip out, making sure that both sides come out evenly. 
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(2) PIN

Use a finger or screwdriver to release the pin, then pull it out.

Make sure to store the pin in a secure area as they are small and easily lost!

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(3) BRACKET

Use the correct size (usually 8/10 mm) socket and gun, or ratchet to unscrew the bolts. 

(Some fittings look deceptively like the PIN type above. It requires professional skill with a 'pick and 2 clicks' to remove. The entire bracket may be removed instead!)
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STEP THREE

Replace your old gas struts with new ones by reversing the process of removal, ensuring that the tube end is the same as in Step 1. 

*Safety Tip*:  Make sure that the strut is securely and firmly tight in place by checking that the clip/pin is fully engaged! Give it a few firm tugs as well. 
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STEP FOUR

Test your struts using one hand at the top of the bonnet and one under. First close to halfway and then open, keeping your hands resting on the bonnet. 

THEN, if everything looks and feels great, go ahead and close it completely, stepping back to admire your new automatic bonnet or boot lid while saying goodbye to banged heads!
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